FRENCH POP LYRICS – JOYEUX NOËL !
Here is a French carol sung by Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1982. Apparently it was Siouxsie’s idea and the rest of the band don’t look too happy about it in the video, not least Robert Smith (who was in both The Banshees and The Cure at the time).
Usually this carol has more lyrics, but this version uses just the chorus and one verse.
IL EST NÉ LE DIVIN ENFANT REFRAIN: Il est né le divin enfant, Jouez hautbois, résonnez musettes Il est né le divin enfant, Chantons tous son avènement Depuis plus de quatre mille ans, Nous le promettaient les prophètes Depuis plus de quatre mille ans, Nous attendions cet heureux temps. REFRAIN
HE IS BORN, THE HEAVENLY CHILD CHORUS: He is born, the heavenly child Let oboes play, let bagpipes sound He is born, the heavenly child Let us all sing his coming For more than four thousand years Prophets have promised him to us For more than four thousand years We have been waiting for this happy time CHORUS
FRENCH GRAMMAR: THE IMPERATIVE
In French generally you always have to use the subject pronoun (je, tu, etc.), unlike Spanish where they are frequently omitted.
The exception in French is imperatives where the subject pronoun is dropped (as in English).
Only tu, nous and vous forms are used.
You use the present simple without changing the form.
Finis tes devoirs ! - Finish your homework!
Faisons la vaisselle ! - Let's do the washing up!
Fermez la porte ! - Shut the door! (Plural or Formal form)
The exception here is the tu form, if this ends in -s (ER verbs) or -es (IR verbs) then you drop the s:
Ferme la porte ! (the normal tu form is 'fermes')
The imperative is often used in the negative, which is formed in the normal way:
Ne ferme pas la porte !
However, the -s is NOT dropped with the tu form when the verb is followed by the pronoun y or en.
Va voir un docteur ! - Go to the doctor!
Vas-y ! - Go! / Come on!
Parle-lui ! - Talk to him!
Parles-en ! - Talk about it!
NB In the chorus of the song the imperative is used to express desire rather than a command.
Jouez hautbois - Let oboes play (rather than: Play oboes!)